What happened in September?
A.) The loop has been nearly closed on a 3 year project involving a schoolteacher from Rochester, NY, who just crackled with energy. Nancy Dupree caught my ear in 2005, and I’ve only just fashioned a picture out of the jigsaw that was her life. If known for anything, it was because of a song she did with school-children in 1969 about James Brown, called…yep, James Brown – which was featured on this website. This article has been filed under the new Essays & Article category.
B.) Snore & Guzzle Radio Hour #7 has been posted. This is a mix of vintage African pop music, mostly from the 50s and 60s, and mostly from the southernmost regions of Africa. The focus is on South African township jive, which has long held a fascination for me, but for the sake of variety, there’s some other styles blended in. This is joyful, ebullient stuff — good for outdoor dance parties when you’re wearing a suit, but no shoes, and dancing in the grass.
1. Spokes Mashiyane – Sono Sam
2. Father Huddleston Band – Ndenzeni Na
3. E.T. Mensah & The Tempos – All For You
4. Tabu Ley Rochereau – Nalembi Nalembi
5. Manhattan Brothers – Mangoane
6. Nancy Jacobs & Her Sisters – Meadowlands
7. Fundi Konde – Ndege Wote Wameruka
8. S.E. Rogie – Please Go Easy With Me
9. Bembele Henri – Beni
10. Leon Bukasa – Congo Ya Biso Basi Bayebi Kolata
11. St. Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band – Onwu Ama Dike
12. Royal Players – Khala Zo’me
13. Miriam Makeba – Sindiza Ngecadillacs
14. N.D. Hotshots – U.S.A Special
15. The Skylarks – Darlie Kea Lemang
16. Abdallah/Cuban Marimba – Tanzania Twist
17. Franco & OK Jazz – Mabe Nde Kolimwa
18. Alick Nkhata – Kalindawalo Ni Mfuma
19. The Young Stars – Ulova
20. Havana Swingsters – Yiyo Le
21. Dorothy Masuka – Unamanga
22. George Sibanda – Chuzi Mama
23. Jean Bosco – Mama Na Mwana
C.) The ghost of Louella Parsons haunts the Society Page.
D.) Image-making kept the mill spinning at Snore & Guzzle:
A poster for the upcoming Jonathan Richman show:
In support of International Home Movie Day, a poster with sprockets falling like leaves:
A postcard made for a film program of “Visual Music,” featuring the works of Norman McLaren, John & James Whitney, Oskar Fischinger and others.
“Mysterious Tools” – an image set done for the online magazine, Neo-Japonisme:
E.) Lastly, a major music sampling mystery has been solved. OK, major to me. I don’t think anyone else was too mystified by this. On a rare single by Jens Lekman, there is a sample that I hypothesized to be Boys II Men or Prince. It was neither. It was Ray Coniff. The sharp-eared Robyn York picked out the harmony, but refused to divulge the source of her knowledge. After holding her in a headlock for many hours, she conceded. Apparently, she was a Ray Conniff fan as a youth, and was deeply familiar with all his songs, esp. Rhinestone Cowboy. First the sampling song, then the sampled.
I leave you with some quotes, and an image from John Whitney’s long-out-of-print, but wonderful book, Digital Harmony.
“In the old days, as his father said, one didn’t have to be doing things all the time, it was enough to be a gentleman.”
~Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado
“There’s love on every trolley car.”
“I love to rock the world. It’s my kind of mercy ride”
~Wesley Willis, Rock Star