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RIP Anthony Bourdain

Nothing like waking up to heartbreak on a Friday morning. Brewing the coffee and rubbing my eyes as they announce that Anthony Bourdain has taken his own life in Paris. Crushing. Bourdain was the greatest punk rockish storyteller on television … Continue reading

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On Eating Alone in Paris

By Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times France has its share of fast-food chains. Still, the French have historically spent more time eating than the people of other nations — more than two hours a day, according to a study by … Continue reading

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Clarence Fountain, Leader And Founding Member Of Blind Boys Of Alabama, Dies At 88

By Andrew Flanagan, NPR Blind Boys of Alabama, originally called the Happyland Jubilee Singers when the group was founded in 1944, played a large role in shepherding gospel music into mainstream popularity. Largely due to Fountain’s holy dedication, the band … Continue reading

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Huelo Lookout, Road to Hana, Maui

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Haleakalā National Park, Road to Hana, Maui

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The Father of Gospel Music Wanted to Be a Secular Star

By Kathryn Kemp Thomas Dorsey was 33 years old and had a flourishing career in secular music. In the previous 15 years, the Georgia native had moved to Chicago, completed his musical studies while picking up an endless number of side … Continue reading

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U2’s Songs of Experience: A Liturgy for Existentialists

By Tim Neufeld, @U2 It’s been a long time since a U2 album has had this kind of staying power in my soul. Songs Of Experience taps something primal in me. While I appreciate it as a great collection of … Continue reading

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Robert Williams Lives the Dream as Big Sandy

By Taylor Hamby, OC Weekly “I never imagined in a million years where the music would take me to or the places it did,” confides Robert Williams, dressed to the nines in a crisp, black, 1950s suit with a subtly … Continue reading

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Gospel Americana and That Old-Time Religion

By Easy Ed, No Depression It’s hard to escape the influence that gospel music has had on almost every form of American roots and popular music. It’s always fascinated me that some of the greatest spirituals have been performed by … Continue reading

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Lava in Paradise

More than awestruck with the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island. Anyone who has been to the Big Island knows that volcanos are part of the living arrangement with your surroundings. Nevertheless, the recent earthquakes, lava flow, and toxic gas … Continue reading

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