Lynne d Johnson



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08.29.05 01:37 PM

music + technology (kanye, yayo, the blues, religious podcasts)

music and tech - those are my two favorite topics to discuss.

while reading the ny times on the way in to work this morning i noticed a few things...

jon pareles pretty much feels the same way that i do about kanye (read his review): "Now that the underdog has become an insider, it's growing harder to be as thrilled with Mr. West's achievements as he is." I know that Trent want's me to feel different about the project. I listened to Late Registration all last week - don't know that I'll listen to it every day - or anymore. I am still rocking Mariah Carey, since it came out - and it will probably be one of my top rated albums of the year. Also, Young Jeezy continues to grow on me. TI's Urban Legend is one of my favs, but then again so is Bloc Party's Silent Alarm. Mostly though, I'm highly anticipating SANTANA's release. If he doesn't go big this time, he never will.

kalefa sanneh is not really feeling tony yayo ((review). yayo is catchy - that's what he is. he's studied the 50 cent school of rhyming even more so than banks and buck. the b&b aspire to be hardcore rappers, while yayo is just happy to be out of jail and making money so spitting sing-songy hooks while it sounds like he's smiling isn't really a chore. oh, yeah, the fact that he cracks a good joke now and then isn't bad either. best believe, yayo will get bumped in the clubs.


there was this other article in the times about folklorist alan lomax and a new book - Lost Delta Found - that uncovers the involvement of three black fisk professors in his blues research. apparently lomax regarded them as a footnote in his own writings, but this book attests that their contributions are major for the body of work about African American vernacular music. the only thing i'm trying to figure out about the article is this:

the writer says: "Work took note of well-spoken blacks who owned land, and the fact that spirituals were already on the wane in certain parts of Mississipi both of which ran counter to Lomax's assumptions about the Southern black man, Mr. Gordan said.

i realize that both the article author and book writer intend for this to sound really positive - and to be a highlight of the work they've uncovered, but can someone please tell them that this particular phrase "well-spoken blacks" grates a lot of black folks sensibilities. seriously, it's like finger nails scratching on a chalk board. can't we find another way to say this?


spiritually-themed podcasts appear to be taking off. i for one downloaded one saturday. the godcast network features christian podcasts and podcastalley, odeo, and even apple's podcast directories list all kinds of spiritual and religious podcasts - with the numbers growing expnentially.


this post was going to continue reading the paper, and then work got in the way. and now i'm kind of consumed by Katrina

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