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Mule Skinner Blues

A muleskinner’s job was not quite as…grim as it sounds. Still…kinda grim though.

September 1, 2021
Blue Moon

There are a couple different definitions for a blue moon, both of them kind of rare, and neither of them have to do with color of any sort.

August 31, 2021
Roamin’ in the Gloamin’

The man Winston Churchill called “Scotland’s greatest ambassador”.

August 30, 2021
Seattle Hunch

How Jelly Roll Morton struck jazz gold in the Emerald City.

August 27, 2021
The Man of 1,000 Voices

The Man of 1,000 Voices…

August 26, 2021
The Edison Tone Tests

Is it live, or is it…Edison?

August 25, 2021
Kerouac’s Moon

The moon has served as muse for countless numbers of poets, from the unnamed and unknown, to Shelley, Dickinson, and Kerouac. But only one of these had to worry about record label execs. You’re on the Sound Beat. You’re listening to Jack Kerouac reading his poem “The Moon Her Majesty”, on Dot Records’ Poetry for the Beat Generation, ...

August 24, 2021
“Take Me Out To The Ballgame!”

Play Ball! Baseball’s unofficial anthem gets the All-Star treatment.

August 23, 2021
The Ghost of Elvis Presley

Some believe Elvis liked Nashville’s RCA studio so much that…he never left. Presley recorded “I Was the One” as the b side to “Heartbreak Hotel”, his first RCA single, in 1956.  It was later converted to a TV studio, but some claim Elvis never, well, left the building. Legend has it whenever Presley’s name was mentioned ...

August 19, 2021
Oscar’s Blues

The National Film Board of Canada honored Oscar Peterson with a short film, “Begone Dull Care”, in 1949. It was  directed by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart. Using drawn-on-film animation, McLaren and Lambart paint and scratch directly onto film stock to create a visual representation of Oscar Peterson’s jazz music. Check it out here!

August 18, 2021