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The Blues

New Old Allen Ginsberg

Jonah Raskin | Posted 08.10.2016 | Arts
Jonah Raskin

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg gave birth to Bob Dylan and Bob Dylan helped to turn Allen Ginsberg into a lively performance artist who recorded nearly all his words and all his music. His tape recorder was always on.

Gary Clark Jr: From Behind the Six-String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.02.2016 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Music does heal. And if you have been listing to what Gary Clark Jr. has been singing and strumming over the past few years, you may have found your special musical elixir.

Grafitti: J.D. Allen's Art of the Jazz Saxophone Trio

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.25.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Forty-three year old tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen is a man on the rise. He was named as Downbeat's Rising Star in 2011 and has matured nicely in the succeeding four years. Witness his latest creation Graffiti, a tour de force of purpose and inventiveness.

Meet The Young Man On A Mission To Transform The Mississippi Delta

Julian Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2016 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Timothy Lampkin is a 29-year-old Community Development Consultant in Clarksdale, Mississippi. I spoke with the sharp-minded activist about what fueled his drive to reshape the region, the challenges ahead, his ultimate end goal, and the calculated plan for achieving it.

4 Reasons Rumi Is The Inspiration For Today's Love Songs

Shahram Shiva | Posted 07.16.2016 | Arts
Shahram Shiva

In the early days when I had just started translating and interpreting the works of the iconic the 13th Century Persian poet and philosopher Rumi, I became aware of what I thought then were strange similarities between Rumi lyrics and the American blues.

The Thrill Is Gone

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.29.2016 | Black Voices
Paula Gordon

The moment we heard that Riley B. King -- known universally both as "BB" and as the King of the Blues -- had breathed his last, we invited ourselves to a very private memorial service. Our own.

Leonard Cohen's Triumphant Problems

Tom Teicholz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

The mere release of Popular Problems, two days after Leonard Cohen's 80th birthday last month, is remarkable in and of itself. (How many 80-year-old sex symbols and style icons are there?)

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

This Talented Toddler Can Sing The Blues With The Best Of Them

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 05.16.2014 | Arts

Meet Luca, a talented toddler who isn't even two years old yet, but can somehow play harmonica and sing the blues with the best of them. (Or at least ...

Business Is Nothing But the Blues

Shawn Amos | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Shawn Amos

Those who know me well have been witness to my blues journey. This week, I released a collection of new recordings on Amazon. While my six-song EP is ...

Hell Yes, Bob Kidney Has the Blues -- 4 Decades On!

Dusty Wright | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Elder statesmen now, the Kidney brothers deserve so much more. I would encourage you to engage in their musical odyssey today. Dig deep, explore their catalog. To do so is good for your body and soul.

On Beating The Winter Blues

HeartMath LLC | Posted 03.23.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

If we don't manage emotional energy or negative thoughts about the future during this time of year, it can lead to the winter blues. Trying to enjoy the quiet spirit of winter but not being able to can make anyone feel out of step and add to a feeling of isolation.

The Best Ways To Beat The Blues

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

It's very hard to stay "blue" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People have to work hard to do that, which is good news. You have the power -- even if you're experiencing the blues -- to get relief if you want it.

Bonnie Raitt Lights Up the World

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Harvey Wasserman

Now on the second leg of an epic U.S. tour -- to be followed in Asia and Europe -- Bonnie Raitt has taken it to a new level. Reading through the show-by-show reviews of her performances is like being witness to an ecstatic coronation.

How to Blow (and Suck) Your Blues Away... Today!

David Harp | Posted 10.02.2012 | Healthy Living
David Harp

Do you sometimes feel beaten down by "the blues"? Here's how to blow them away, quite literally!

White House of the Blues

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Paul Stoller

The magic of The Blues worked itself way into the White House, providing a moment of communitas in Washington, D.C., a moment of unexpected unity in our divided society.

Magic Blues

Cat Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cat Bennett

I wish that one fine musician sweet soldier of the road, hadn't had to worry about paying his health bills or rent. We can change that story. The magic of the blues is it makes us feel--action is up to us.

Singing, Crying and Whining the Blues

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

As I scope out Denver's upcoming concerts, checking the calendar for any hint or mention of an act associated with blues, jazz, gospel or old school soul, I am left feeling a bit stranded.