Music Night: On the surface…

… you would not expect black folk to be playing what is generally considered roots music attributed to European immigrants, but there was a whole subculture of black acoustic music in the south that flourished among the hardscrabble existence of 40 acres and a mule. Carolina Chocolate Drops are reviving that tradition. I’ve always admired the younger generation of musicians who reach in to the depths of music tradition to resurrect a time honored culture. Dry Branch Fire Squad (from an earlier generation), Uncle Earle, and The Wiyos are among my music heros, in addition to the ‘Drops.

Some hamboning included in this piece, i.e. music without instruments performed by poor blacks in the south who could not afford instruments.

46 thoughts on “Music Night: On the surface…

  1. Hey Zooey, quick question for you – there is an argument I saw you post about abortion and the woman’s right to choose and how it relates to organ donation and how the woman has less rights than a dead person – can you post it for me?

    • There is a concept called body autonomy. Its generally considered a human right. Bodily autonomy means a person has control over who or what uses their body, for what, and for how long. Its why you can’t be forced to donate blood, tissue, or organs. Even if you are dead. Even if you’d save or improve 20 lives. It’s why someone can’t touch you, have sex with you, or use your body in any way without your continuous consent.

      A fetus is using someone’s body parts. Therefore under bodily autonomy, it is there by permission, not by right. It needs a persons continuous consent. If they deny and withdraw their consent, the pregnant person has the right to remove them from that moment. A fetus is equal in this regard because if I need someone else’s body parts to live, they can also legally deny me their use.

      By saying a fetus has a right to someone’s body parts until it’s born, despite the pregnant person’s wishes, you are doing two things.

      1. Granting a fetus more rights to other people’s bodies than any born person.

      2. Awarding a pregnant person less rights to their body than a corpse.

      — Hannah Goff

      • Thank you Zoo, SammytheTurtle and I were just having this discussion before she left for book group tonight and I said “I know who knows, let me ask this”

        ….. hey dycker….. clean up on post Zoo 🙂

  2. I have a great interest in Mandela’s funeral that will lead me to arise very early Sunday to witness the event. My interest concerns where he will be interred. I’ll explain this interest after I see the location Sunday.

    The soloist in this video, Marcus Printup, and I went to the same university and saw each other in the music practice rooms frequently, usually late at night.

  3. well g’night folks….. there was a question in the halls at work….. “complete this phrase. Master of….?”

    I went with Master of Puppets!!!

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