9 months ago | Music
Fats Domino, the beloved icon and master pianist partly responsible for the nascency of Rock and Roll, was as great an ambassador for the music of New Orleans as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet or Allen Toussaint. Domino's 1949 h...
2 years ago | Texas Music
One of my favorite movies about the South is really more about Texas than the Deep "dirty" South, and definitely has the wrong title. It could even be considered provocative for its time, given its pervasive "Texas is Texas" philosophy. Jean Renoi...
3 years ago | Texas Music
Earth goddess and Dallas native Erykah Badu's latest effort, a mixtape entitled But You Caint Use My Phone, is kind of like an postmodernist Afrofuturistic funk and trap version of eccentric British film director Peter Greenaway's Dear Phone....
3 years ago | History
A palpable, intrinsic loneliness and a sense of being disconnected from the world is inherent in Emily Dickinson's succinct but poignantly profound epistolary poem entitled "This is My Letter to the World": This is my letter to the World That neve...
3 years ago | Blue Notes
Ornette Coleman was always light years ahead of everyone else in terms of his ability to function as a constantly evolving nonconformist who took risks and created new spaces where art and experiential reality meshed. The liner notes to his&n...
3 years ago | Pop Life
When it comes to the whole unnecessary brouhaha between Nicki Minaj, Katy "FKA Twigs hairstyle" Perry, Taylor "Tay-Tay" Swift and ginger king Ed Sheeran over last week's VMA nominations, Nicki indisputably won the crown. No question about it. Part...