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Art for Ears (Series)

Produced by The Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis

Most recent piece in this series:

Leaping for Joy

From The Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis | Part of the Art for Ears series | 27:38

Aratliff2_small Haydn replied, “when I think of God, my heart leaps for joy.” Haydn’s joy inspires this program featuring the Agnus Dei and Dona nobis pacem from the “Nelson” Mass as well as music of Schumann (Piano Fantasy, Op. 17, second movement, with its extraordinary leaping), Mahler (an excerpt of his Fourth Symphony finale with texts that speak of joy in heaven), and Olivier Messiaen (an excerpt of “Watch of the Spirit of Joy” from Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus).

CyberFrequencies, Pop + Tech Podcast (Series)

Produced by Queena Kim

Most recent piece in this series:

Craigslist Foundation's Bootcamp Is the Who's Who of the Tech Non-Profit World

From Queena Kim | Part of the CyberFrequencies, Pop + Tech Podcast series | 08:22

Cf_logo-solo_small We talk to Michael Sherrod of the Texas Tribune, SusanNesbitt of Craigslist Foundation, If WeRanTheWorld.com and 1-800-JesusChrist

Johnny Shines -- an Interview (Series)

Produced by David Kattenburg

Most recent piece in this series:

Johnny Shines Interview - Part 4

From David Kattenburg | Part of the Johnny Shines -- an Interview series | 26:37

J_shines1_small In the summer of 1986, four Canadians drove down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to meet and interview Mississippi Delta blues great, Johnny Shines. Shines was a road buddy of American classic Robert Johnson and a long-time partner of Johnson's stepson, Robert Junior Lockwood.

In the summer of 86, Shines was living in a pleasant housing district just outside Tuscaloosa. He had had a successful, though not overly celebrated career, and had just released a new album with Lockwood. He was starting to perform again, around town, with a group of young folks called the Kokomo Blues Band.

Johnny greated us with grace and humour, and even played a couple of songs for us, which appear here. Shines had suffered a series of strokes a few years prior and had difficulty fingering with his left hand. But his voice was supple and strong.

I'll divide this interview up into four parts. Lots of memories of Robert Johnson here; of Chester Burnett (Howling Wolf) and other Delta/Chicago blues artists of the time. Also stuff on the challenges of black recording, juke joints and what life was like for a black blues guy.

Johnny Shines passed away on April 20, 1992. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame later that year.