Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, seven days before what would have been his 92nd birthday, Barry Harris was called home.
It’s difficult to quantify the impact he had on the jazz scene. How do you measure the influence of a man who’d played with Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, Lou Donaldson, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderly, Coleman Hawkins, Tommy Flannigan, Illinois Jaquette, Bud Powell, Lee Morgan, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker?
Text by Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery, December 10th, 2021)
“And When I Die” Written & Performed by Laura Nyro (in 1967)
Covered by Peter, Paul & Mary & Blood, Sweat and Tears And when I die and when I’m dead, dead and gone, there’ll be one child born and a world to carry on, to carry on. I’m not scared of dying and I don’t really care. If it’s peace you find in dying, well, then let the time be near. If it’s peace you find in dying, when dying time is here, just bundle up my coffin cause it’s cold way down there, I hear that it’s cold way down there, yeah, crazy cold way down there. And when I die and when I’m gone, there’ll be one child born and a world to carry on, to carry on. My troubles are many, they’re as deep as a well. I can swear there ain’t no heaven but I pray there ain’t no hell. Swear there ain’t no heaven and pray there ain’t no hell, but I’ll never know by living, only my dying will tell, only my dying will tell, yeah, only my dying will tell. And when I die and when I’m gone, there’ll be one child born and a world to carry on, to carry on. Give me my freedom for as long as I be. All I ask of living is to have no chains on me. All I ask of living is to have no chains on me, and all I ask of dying is to go naturally, only want to go naturally. Don’t want to go by the devil, don’t want to go by the demon, don’t want to go by Satan, don’t want to die uneasy, just let me go naturally. And when I die and when I’m gone, there’ll be one child born, there’ll be one child born. When I die, there’ll be one child born. When I die, there’ll be one child born. When I die, there’ll be one child born. When I die, there’ll be one child born.
Text by Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery, October 22nd, 2021) “Halifax”By the Hampton Grease Band
From ‘Music to Eat’ – 2 LP Set on Columbia (rel in 1971) Wouldn’t you like to come to Halifax Air mass is moving eastwardly Wouldn’t you like to come to Halifax Air mass is moving eastwardly The land is fertile and filled with life We wish you would come there and spend some time Yes, We wish you would come to Halifax You like to spend some time there We wish you would come to Halifax Come and breathe some of our air You can worship at the church of their choice, the church of your choice
Colonel Edward Cornwallis He founded the home of Englishtown He established a civil government He brought strength to the English position He established a civil government
We wish you would come to Halifax You like to spend some time there We wish you would come to Halifax Come and breathe some of our air
We have many refreshments and entertainment… We have the largest ships and vessels also Six thousand six hundred thirty eight miles of grated roads Six thousand six hundred thirty eight miles of grated roads And alot of gravel too, and alot of gravel too Every city has an airport and alot of gravel too The telegraph stations, their owned and operated By the federal government. The telegraph systems, their owned and operated By the federal government. There are no TV stations, First radar is to protect Set up as the engine number two To maintain the level of the dew…
From the fall of 1969 until it closed in June of 1971, I attended nearly 20 shows at the Fillmore East. It was located at the corner of 2nd Ave & 4th St, right around the corner from the first location of DMG on East 5th St (1991-2003). It was my favorite rock music performance venue ever and I’ve been to hundreds of others (places & gigs) since. There were usually three bands starting at 8pm (and later at 11pm) and the ticket prices were $5 (orchestra), $4 (mezzanine) & $3 (upper mezz)!
In 2016, the World Economic Forum released a Facebook video with predictions it had for the world in 2030. One of these is that by 2030, technology may, in all likelihood, have advanced to the point that owning physical devices may become obsolete.
There are advantages to owning less things. There are fewer commitments and responsibilities, and have the freedom to sever ties whenever you want. But the downside is that when you buy a device that requires proprietary software to run, you don’t own it. The money you pay does not offer actual ownership; it is a lease where you agree to a life defined by terms you had no part in deciding. When hardware is merely a vessel for software and not a useful thing on its own, you don’t really get to decide anything. The company or corporation that built it will decide when to stop pushing vital updates and what you do with the product after it’s dead or obsolete. Anyone who owns an older computer will recognize this. The power has shifted so that companies set the parameters, and consumers are forced to choose the lesser of several evils.
Much of this can be traced back to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA https://www.copyright.gov/policy/1201/) makes it illegal to circumvent digital locks that protect a company’s proprietary software. Manufacturers have exploited this loophole brilliantly. It allowed software developers to essentially lock up the whole world behind software with the intent to turn the entire planet into a permanent renting class. The oligarchy / elite who actually own everything will, inevitably, make you pay money to access the things you use and own.