Wednesday, January 13, 2010

the breeze of history

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Various Artists - Alan Lomax in Haiti, Vol. 7 - Francilla (listen)

God, Haiti. You can text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 the Red Cross for relief in Haiti.

I watched The Road last night, met with a dietitian this morning, visited a very sick friend in the hospital and then saw the news about the Haiti earthquake. Mortality is in the wind.

Volume 7 of the massive Alan Lomax in Haiti boxed set is comprised of spellbinding songs sung by the young woman the Lomaxes hired as a housekeeper during their stay in Haiti in the 30's. These songs are already 1000-pound feathers drifting on the breeze of history, but they feel a little heavier today.

In news so fluffy I feel a little foolish mentioning it now, my list of the 5 most intriguing Baton Rouge CD's of 2009 is finally up. Lots of last minute entries and a couple of local fires held its publication up a bit. You can read about those in this week's Record Crate blog, where I also explain why I love metal.

I don't know how this fits in, except to help us approach the gravity of the now, Philip Glass was on The Colbert Report, assisting the voice of the American consciousness in a parody of the composer and our disconnect with the wars in which we are embroiled.

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