This week we celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a sampling of songs from Brulé & American Indian Rock Opera (aka AIRO). They mix native rhythms and themes with a modern rock vibe to render songs that are fresh yet rooted in the familiar. Yes, Native American culture is still alive and vibrant. Thankfully so!
As Thanksgiving approaches, I always become aware of all of the things that I am thankful for. Gratitude is a wonderful thing. November gives us an excuse to express those sentiments out loud. I shared some on the air this week which prompted me to start a list. I am hoping that it grows longer than I could possibly read on the air. The point is that the awareness of so much good in my life has such a magnificent impact on my day. If I can share that with you, the rest are just details.
Lizz Wright is out with a new album, Fellowship. I sampled three tracks off of it. The album reaches back to her roots, growing up as a preacher’s daughter in Georgia. It’s a heavy dose of the Spiritual and Gospel. But true to Lizz, her interpretation is what makes it holy. She has taken songwriters as diverse as Angelique Kidjo, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Me’Shell N’Degeocello and Gloria Griffin and taken their songs to church. A man of God once told me, “there is no such thing as spiritual life; there is just life. It’s either all sacred or none of it is.” Listening to this album makes me a believer in that.
Tom Traubert’s Blues Tom Waits
At This Point In My Life Tracy Chapman
Lonesome Whistle Little Feat
Tavake Taumafua Polynesian Cultural Center
Tears of Rage Bob Dylan & The Band
Walk Through the Bottomland Lyle Lovett & Emmylou Harris
Mon Dieu Edith Piaf
Nancy Whiskey Belfast Gin
Amazing Grace Lizz Wright
Buffalo Moon Brulé
Midnight Lullaby Tom Waits
When Doves Cry Patti Smith Flavio Y Sus Complices Tu Siempre Seras
Spirit Horses Brulé
Hello Bonjour Michael Franti & Spearhead
Mowbray Kaap Freshlyground
Nobody Knows Me Lyle Lovett