Friday, April 15, 2011

On Hiatus

[nb: posted originally summer 2010.]

The Editor | Publisher of The Data Stream has apparently wandered off into the woods. We'll track him down and expect to have him back on the arts & culture New Media beat in later this fall. 

[Graphic from a Google image search for 'color bars'. The image is a screen grab from the Jackson Mo Weather Site at a down moment.]

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dr. John @ 70

Malcolm John Rebennack born November 21, 1940

Many Happy Returns!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943

"Few contemporary voices have aged more shockingly than Joni Mitchell's. The craggy alto on ''Both Sides Now,'' her intermittently magnificent new album of standards (including two of her best-loved original songs), is so changed from the sweetly yodeling folk soprano of her earliest albums that it hardly seems possible the two sounds could have come from the same body.

In refusing to fight or try to camouflage the ravages of time, Ms. Mitchell belongs to an interpretive school that includes Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, whose vocal deterioration brought them greater emotional depth and realism."

[Excerpt of New York Times article "Something's Lost and Something's Gained" by Stephen Holden, published February 13, 2000. Many Happy Returns, Ms. Mitchell!]

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Two Heads: Gracie at 71

Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing on October 30, 1939), lead singer of the seminal San Francisco psychedelic rock group The Jefferson Airplane.

[YouTube notes: "Jefferson Airplane - Two Heads (The Rock Scene, 14 Sept 1967)"]

Friday, August 20, 2010

Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

From Wikipedia: "Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer-songwriter, actor and musician. Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an in-house songwriter and producer with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Alongside, Bill Withers, the Sherman Brothers, Steve Cropper and John Fogerty, Hayes & Porter were named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of their string of successful hit songs for Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas and others In the late 1960s. Their hit song "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave has been recognized as one of the best or most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine, and the RIAA Songs of the Century.

In the late 1960s, Hayes became a recording artist, and recorded successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label's premier artist. In addition to his work in popular music, Hayes was a film score composer for motion pictures. His best known work, for the 1971 soul cinema classic film Shaft, earned Hayes an Academy Award for Best Original Song (the first Academy Award received by an African-American in a non-acting category) and two Grammy Awards. He received a third Grammy for the album Black Moses.

Robert Plant

Robert Anthony Plant, born 20 August 1948 in West Bromwich, England. Composer, with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, of "Stairway to Heaven." Enjoy and many happy returns.