Stop Making Sense (1984)

  Stop Making Sense (1984) Jonathan Demme assembled the best footage from over three nights of The Talking Heads in live performances at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater during a tour to promote their new album “Speaking in Tongues.” Hits include “Psycho Killer,” “Heaven,” “Burning Down the House.” “Life During Wartime,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Crosseyed … More Stop Making Sense (1984)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Liz Garbus made this stunning documentary about Nina Simone. It exposes the effect of American racial violence on this uniquely talented artist. Contains revelatory interviews with husband Andrew Stroud and daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, but it’s the accompanying footage of live performances that allows Miss Simone to leap off the … More What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)

Spike

  Spike Chinese Firecrackers for a suit, Hayseed gumshoes, straw hat Raw and flat as cymbals Ready for attack. Whack!   From which art-deco cube Did you crack all the woodwork up — Xylophone to garbage cans, with Persuasive percussion! Wipe that grin off your face. It broke   My heart when I tripped and … More Spike

Two Songs–Proteus and Ariel

Proteus–Song Proteus by the sea Dissembles prophesy By changing to words The reckless goatherds Carousing joyously,        Shouting, “Proteus by the sea!        Proteus by the sea!” Protean diversity Allows a nation to see In its multiple kinds Of peoples those binds That strengthen its unity,        Shouting, “Proteus by the sea!        Proteus by … More Two Songs–Proteus and Ariel

Modern Slavery

    Modern Slavery   The conquered were not citizens, Livia Drusilla knew, so her Roman etiquette was attended by invisible hands whose bodies sometimes came into view when their assistance became indispensable.   The more familiar the help, the more likely servitude could acquire a personal name, especially as being of service became a … More Modern Slavery

The Black Garbo

  The Black Garbo     Nina Mae Back light turn you white And white’s way too tight. Nina Mae Whites don’t like color. Or sharing their power.   Nina Mae Slay that “Dinah “ And steal Hallelujah!   Call Harlem Seven-Seven-Eleven. See who still playin’ the dozens. Stereotype, all cotton is craps. Break to … More The Black Garbo

The Last Time I Saw Paris/Sous le Ciel de Paris

    The Last Time I Saw Paris/Sous le Ciel de Paris   Source of the Enlightenment that inspired The American Revolution, it took a long time And many beheadings by the guillotine, before Anyone embraced Voltaire’s Traité sur la tolerance. It was why our founding fathers feared having a state religion. This is not … More The Last Time I Saw Paris/Sous le Ciel de Paris