Music Box: The Queen of Soul-pra

In 1998, twenty-two minutes after she was asked to cover for her ailing friend, Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin walked on stage at the Grammy Awards to perform the legendary aria “Nessun Dorma." With little time to prepare Franklin performed the aria as is. In Pavarotti's key. No one knew what to expect. No one knew … Continue reading Music Box: The Queen of Soul-pra


Encomium 9/11 – George Merkouris

[I wrote this in 2003 in tribute to the one friend I knew (at the time) who was murdered on that most heinous of days. I'll post it annually, for as long as this blog remains active...]   Encomium 9/11: George Merkouris The loss was staggering, and so much has been saturating our lives since … Continue reading Encomium 9/11 – George Merkouris

Legacy: Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963

  I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon of … Continue reading Legacy: Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963

“Man, I Miss Them” From 1969 to 2001, the Twin Towers made countless cameos in Hollywood films. Sometimes featured prominently in the foreground, sometimes lurking in the distance. This montage celebrates the towers' all-too-short film career with songs that capture the passing decades. Man, I miss them..." Dan Meth

My New Hero

Once I stopped weeping, I wanted to track down this beautiful young man and hold him to let him know that everything will get better. But, by the end of the video, I realized he already knows that. Heroes come in many a various guise. Here's a face of the New World Hero. The bilious … Continue reading My New Hero

Imagine If The Tea Party Was Black

Clearly this is the most profound essay on the bleeding, pustulating scab of America known as the Tea Party Movement. Anti-racist essayist/polemicist Tim Wise doesn't relegate to blatant name-calling, but that's what makes him a smarter - and more important - man than I'll ever be. This bowel "movement" - once (and still) a punchline … Continue reading Imagine If The Tea Party Was Black