I originally made this video to share with my Neil Young groups on Facebook. My friend, Gilliam Michael, a gifted singer/songwriter himself, remastered my raw video and posted it to YouTube. Gil continues to help me learn more about the art of recording in the digital age.
Welcome to this new category of works by baltimoreblackwoman! This category will be devoted to the music I love—which spans the entire spectrum—and will include the occasional essay, as well as original (i.e., made by me) music videos. THE BACKSTORY Music is in my DNA. Even more than my love of words and writing. I do … More Welcome to “Magic Fingers Music”!
Once again, I have allowed days to go by without writing a post in this space, while my email inbox is overflowing with posts from fellow bloggers that I follow. As a new blogger, I ask myself, “If my silences are so frequent, why have I started this site?” The answer is “simple,” and twofold. … More Silence Is Golden—The Remix: Why This Blog Exists
I have been silent this past week. But that doesn’t mean that nothing is going on in my world! On the contrary, it has been a rather hectic and unsettled week. Too unsettled to write about until now—that is, on this page. I did a bit of writing and shared some pictures with my Facebook family, and I am … More Silence Is Golden, But Haste Still Makes Waste
January 15, 2015 “There’s somethin’ happenin’ here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there A tellin’ me, I got to beware” —Buffalo Springfield I have lived through, and have memories of, all the Presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama. In my small way I have admired, respected, … More The Lynching of Obama: Or, Porquois (peut-etre) Je ne suis pas Charlie
January 9, 2015 Factoids (extracted from imdb.com; Pictures and Photos from Cabin in the Sky): A 1943 film version of the Broadway Musical of the same name Directed by Vincente Minnelli (father of Liza Minnelli) Cast: Ethel Waters, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Mantan Moreland, Bill Bailey, Butterfly McQueen, and others … More A Look Back at “Cabin in the Sky”
NOTE: This piece is the first of a series of Essays on Race. I wrote it in the spring of 2014 and, obviously, a lot has happened in the sphere of race relations since then. Ferguson. Staten Island. The callous murder of a 12-year-old black child. Ad nauseum. I have to stand up, speak up—for … More Race and Community: Lessons from a Black Woman from Baltimore
December 25, 2014-January 7, 2015 On Christmas morning, a half hour before Noon, I looked up to the Sky, as I often do, And saw the Moon Chasing the Sun. The Moon was riding across the Sky on a low cloud fast-moving toward the Sun, which peeked from a higher, but still, cloud. Not believing … More A Christmas Sighting
December 24, 2014 I fought so hard not to get sucked in to the World-Wide Web that spins and spins. A web of Truth, of Lies and Sin. A web of Love and Hate and Lust; Pain and Suffering imagined and just. Welcome to The 21st Century Tower of Babel. Fools and Idiots, Bards and … More The World-Wide Web
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015! For the first time in my life, I am excited to start a New Year. No fears and worries that this year will be just like the last. No resolutions, broken the minute I write them down. Just a hope and a dream. A promise only to myself, to … More Ringing in the New Year 2015