It’s seems about time for one of these. The academic summer of self-directed work is here for me in the real world, which ideally will mean more time to listen and write about some of the music that’s piled up during the school year (plus feel free to suggest an album, recently released or not, that I should dig out of the pile). And of course I’ll be trying to put the time to good use on some non-blog writing projects that need attention, including a piece on Dottie Rambo for a volume of essays about the literary qualities of country and gospel music.
In the meantime, here are a few items to kick things off:
- Dylan turned 70 yesterday. I used to live a few blocks from a house his mother inhabited for many years in Duluth, MN, and several of my friends made the trek up to the Iron Range to see Robert Zimmerman’s birthplace. Most of my Dylan exposure and the associations I have with his music come from the years I lived up North, most memorably hearing his music from the jukebox of a dive in Superior, WI, called the Anchor, where my colleagues and I on the copy desk evening shift would retire after putting the paper to bed. There’s a tangled up in booze joke to be had here somewhere, but nevermind: Happy belated to America’s latter-day bard.
- Via KC, one of the more bizarre and misinformed histories of southern gospel I’ve encountered (and I’ve encountered a lot).
- Also via KC (who must have too much free time on his hands), a clip of the Brooklyn Tab choir backing one Shara McKee singing “Oh The Cross.” Aside from the singer’s mildly unnerving machine-gun vibrato and the lyrics’ cringe-inducing “you and I” (an issue about which I vaguely recall ranting years ago when I was still handrolling the site, though I can’t find that post in the archive now), you could do worse for your mid-week youtube diversion.
- Via NG, Canada’s international trade minister has a southern gospel group, Father’s Daughter, in which he plays the piano. Go figure, eh.
- And unless there was any doubt that it’s early summer, I have begun making NQC plans.
- Here’s what else: I forgot to note that a reader is looking for a pre-release copy of the Perrys’ Blue Skies with Troy Peach on the recording. If anyone has one for sale, leave a comment for DPC500.