thinking about Margot Fonteyn

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Margot Fonteyn was a great dancer (the wikipedia page) who is credited with saying “The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.” She died in 1991. The tribute song by Eddie from Ohio moved me […]

Odetta’s birthday December 31, 1930

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Please take a few minutes today to consider Odetta who would have been 80 years old today but passed away in late 2008. She is among the most powerful, most inspirational and most-respected role models in American culture over more than six decades. It seems that every artist and leader of our generation was influenced […]

Little Richard

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Today is Little Richard’s 76th birthday. He is perhaps the person who had the greatest influence on rock and roll music; most of the top performers of my generation cited him as a significant influence in their music. Songs like "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" have been universally used by everyone from bar room […]