Friday, July 4, 2008

Not often you read about a jazz singer in the news,

and especially in anything related to the various political comings and goings here in the U$A. Gotta hand it to Rene Marie - she's even managed to draw the ire of, yes, Barack Obama for daring to sing Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing in place of the National Anthem at Denver's State of the City address. I forget who turned me on to her music, but she's got a great voice and is well worth hearing. In our highly compartmentalized world, it seems that musical performers are expected to keep their values, their opinions, to themselves: "shut up 'n sing" (or to take an old Frank Zappa title, "shut up 'n play yer guitar"). Actually the comments to the article are fascinating in and of themselves. Some of those folks would be quite comfortable over at the Stormfront site.

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