Canada had their day. Of course, America did. And now France celebrates their independence on Bastille Day, or “La Fête Nationale” as they call it. It was on this day in 1789 that the Parisian prison The Bastille was stormed, culminating in the French Revolution. France, and Paris in particular, has long served as anRead more…
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2010 was a year of many things: of economic hardship, of loss, of social progress, and of musical innovation. Going into 2011, and more specifically Martin Luther King day, we must focus not on what we have lost, but how we are embracing the rhetoric of “hope” and “progress” and the “American dream.”
Sam Cooke grew up singing gospel music, and at age 19 landed a big gig with The Soul Stirrers, a group who toured the entire U.S. As African-American musicians, they were harassed in the Southern states, not allowed to sleep in many hotels or sit in restaurants.