6/21 in a nutshell…
Paul McCartney recently hit big 7-0 (even bigger than big 6-4!) ;^) and we saluted him in the “Ooh” with a little help (not “HELP!”… Ringo Ska ain’t “Oldies” yet, give the lads some time) from Ernest Ranglin and The Skatalites, in that order. We bumpered a new remaster of our own “Greenhenge” and an advance demo of “Vibe Steady”, aired some choice ska by Byron Lee & the Dragonaires (coming to town, minus the late, great Mr. Lee_ see Announcements) and docked with the Voovie Doo Lounge. There, Sherwood B. Funn took over by back-to-backing Shiina Ringo and Sun Ra’a Arkestra (btw, we believe we’ve found the Tokyo Ska connection… an early Ra composition called “Paradise”, on Sound of Joy, to which the legendary Japanese ska titans replied decades later by naming a cd release Arkestra …we think that’s the story in a nutshell… we could be wrong!) Now back to the bigger nutshell… Ska on the Jazz Side made up the 4@4, and surprisingly enough, we were brought up short (???!!!) and had to throw a Froggie in there to actually make four! We’d have used Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ “Confucious”, but we were saving that for GotchaSKAvered. We’ll reprise “Ska on the Jazz Side” when we can roll it for most of an hour! If you’ve been staying up with us all the way to The End in recent weeks, you may have noticed The Night Sky Turning Blue before the show’s over. We capitalize that thanks in no small part to Buford O’Sullivan, whose song “The Night Sky’s Turning Blue” is magnified by the dawn beginning to break in the eastern sky in the late spring/early summer. Enjoy it while it lasts, complete with Buford’s fine song for a soundtrack. The Night Sky doesn’t Turn Blue on my watch the whole summer long, after all…

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Had an interview today with Mary Pendergast, executive director and one of the founders of Anodyne Art….a non-profit performing arts school for people with disabilities.The school is located in St. Paul, two blocks north of University and one block east of Raymond.
For more info: www.anodyneart.org