On controversy as liberation and the musicians who exploit it.
On the use of Earth Wind and Fire's "Reasons" in the film Killer of Sheep.
Notes on live recordings and liveness and living archives
It was such a scandal in the 1960s, to come from the black future and bend time to its will. Albert Ayler’s sound was a scandalous sunset on the wester…
On Abbey Lincoln's version of "Love for Sale"
On Actress and how we act out our subconscious expectations
A poem for my father on his birthday
The Mingus sections from a 1964 Jazz roundtable, because I love him
Shirley Ann Lee's Someday
On Kanye West's I thought About Killing You and the last song my parents wrote together.
A broken history of black and blues whistling.
Thank you all for supporting the work on this site. It began as sketches and essays leading toward a memoir on and through music, and now it’s also evo…