Mavis Staples and Nathaniel Rateliff sharing smiles during Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion last week. Their joy lit up the entire festival grounds (and prolly the whole western hemisphere).
Derrick and I are working on photos + reflections for your perusal. In the meantime, I wanted to share this moment with you.
OT: The N.Y. Times carried an opinion piece yesterday calling on Mexico’s new president, López Obrador, to take swift action to save the vaquita, an iconic porpoise endemic to the Sea of Cortez. The vaquita aren’t targeted by fishermen, but they drown in gillnets that are set out to catch shrimp and other fish, including totoaba. The latter is referred to as the “cocaine of the sea” cos the totoaba swim bladder, which is prized for its perceived medicinal value, fetches tens of thousands of dollars per kg on the Chinese black market (which unsurprisingly means drug cartels are involved in the poaching and smuggling ops). // I’m pretty damn sad that there may be as few as ten vaquita left. They’re the world’s smallest porpoise (tinier than an adult human) and the markings on their face makes ‘em look like they’re smiling. And I’m sad not because I think saving marine mammals is necessarily higher priority than the slew of other problems we face, but because the same kind of ignorance and greed that drives extinction undergirds a lot of other problems. // If you know me irl, you know my teammates and I have spent hundreds of hours (thousands, collectively) over the last year on efforts to save these little porpoises. It’s heartbreaking to think we may well bear witness to the extinction of a species. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But I figure, we don’t fight only the fights we can win — we fight cos it’s better than silently acquiescing to the bad stuff that goes down around us. Look at Mavis, for instance — a musical voice of the civil rights movement. She’s seen so much and she’s still here, still singing, still spreading love. // Ok I’m gonna find a stuffed animal dolphin to hug now bye. 😭
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In 1969 Stax Records paired male and female singers for hits penned by the label’s top writers. This Record Store Day, Boy Meets Girl: Classic Stax Duets will be back on wax for the first time in 50 years! Featuring vocals by William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples, Johnnie Taylor - Singer and Carla Thomas, it’s a veritable who’s who of Memphis soul and a historic marker of Stax’s emergence as a powerhouse independent label.
5 8719 March, 2019
Hey Folks you can now stream this weeks playlist on Spotify as the soundtrack to your Monday evening.
Larkin Poe - Come On In My Kitchen
The Allman Brothers Band - Stormy Monday
The Staple Singers - Got To Be Some Changes Made
Santana - Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love
Tedeschi Trucks Band — They Don’t Shine
Yo La Tengo - Little Eyes
Watkins Family Hour — Hop High
Grateful Dead - Eyes Of The World - Englishtown,NJ - 09-03-77
IT'S A PARTY Y'ALL. Get Down Tonight with this mix of your favorite dance tracks from the 70's, freshly selected by your favorite Mobile DJ, yours truly. Listen, enjoy, download, and share! And never ... don't EVER ... stop dancin'! This mix includes:
1. Blame It on the Boogie - The Jacksons
2. Get Down Tonight - KC & The Sunshine Band
3. Lady Marmalade (Single Version) - LaBelle
4. Hollywood Swinging - Kool & The Gang
5. Car Wash - Rose Royce
6. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB ft The Three Degrees
7. Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
8. For The Love Of Money - The O Jays
9. Ill Take You There - The Staple Singers
10. More, More, More - Andrea True Connection
11. Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swade
12. You Should Be Dancing - Edit - Bee Gees
13. September - Earth, Wind & Fire
14. Boogie Fever - The Sylvers
Stay tuned for volume 2, coming soon.
Visit www.djkwah.com to listen to and download this and my other mixes today!
ran out of hashes but wanted to mention: c ward & ward singers, s.w. michigan choir, h. johnson, sara jordan powell (amazing grace!) c robinson, the davis sisters, esther rolle, roberta martin singers, the o’neal twins, s caeser & the caravans, angelic choir
No smiling faces lying to the races
" I'll Take You There" #staplesingers
What has become of humanity?
We should progressive in 2019 🙏
Everyone deserves truth and Respect
Love from the real Melba Moore 💕 #TheMelbaMooreMovement 2019