Living With the Sweetest Song-May 8th@ Jalopy Theater: Blues, Ballads, and Banana Boat Songs.

Banana Boat
Years ago, I stumbled upon a paperback copy of Living With Music: Ralph Ellison’s Jazz Writings.  After the first chapter, I was hooked.  Ellison had unlocked a truth about music that I had been seeking. He wrote about how blues and jazz contained “equipment for living” that are “able to evoke a shared community experience.”  I covered my copy with the heaviest paper I could find.  I wrote my name and phone number in the interior- just in case. I had a felling that its words would send me on a journey, and wherever I was going, it was coming with me.

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