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Great-Tailed Grackle   Leave a comment

Great-tailed Grackle Grung Art blogGreat-Tailed Grackle — Grunge Art by kenne

The great-tailed grackle
Is one fucking precocious bird
Always making noise.

— kenne

Ken & Mary’s Blues Project: Part V — Tighten Up   Leave a comment

Archie Bell-1636 blogArchie Bell, Ken and Mary Harris (May 20, 2017) Image by kenne

Video by kenne

Hi everybody
I’m Archie Bell of the Drells, from Houston, Texas
We don’t only sing
But we dance just as good as we walk
In Houston, we just started a new dance
Called the Tighten Up
This is the music we tighten up with

First tighten up on the drums
Come on now, drummer
I want you to tighten it up for me now, oh, yeah
Tighten up on that bass now
Tighten it up, ha, ha, yeah
Now let that guitar fall in
Oh, yeah . . . (click here for all the lyrics)

Archie Bell at Ken and Mary’s Blues Project — Part III   Leave a comment

Archie Bell-1632 art II_blogArchie Bell at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — Computer Art by kenne

Houston, Texas has a lot of legionary musicians, not the lease is Archie Bell. You all timers, like myself will remember the 50’s & 60’s group, Archie Bell & the Drells. Remember “Tighten Up?” When it comes to great R&B, Archie Bell is among the best! His appearance at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — The Last Waltz was a real blessing for those of us who have attended the Blues Project concerts over the years.

There’s more to come.

kenne

 

Blackberry Season In East Texas — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Blackberry Season In East Texas — Photo Essay by kenne

A walk in East Park

Thick woods where the swamp drains

Into the river.

— kenne

This Old Liberal Has Not Faded Away   4 comments

kenne-profile-4672-blogSelf-Portrait” — Image by kenne

This week’s Presidential election has reminded me of Marshall McLuhan’s trademark, “The Medium In the Message.” From it, I recall his belief that we go through life looking through the rear-view mirror, and becoming aware of our environment only after we have left it and that what is communicated doesn’t count as much as how it is communicated. 

Of course, the medium that exists today is much different than that of the sixties, they still alter our sensory life, therefore what we know. As a result, our society is like the driver who sees neither ahead to the future nor outside the side window to the present but looks only to the past in the rear-view mirror — “Make America great again.”

McLuhan believed that education must serve as a defense to the media fallout. He likened our society to the mariner in Edgar Allan Poe’s story, “A Descent Into the Maelstrom.” The mariner is caught in a whirlpool, but he figures out the relative velocities of currents and saves himself. The question remains whether, as a society, we are educated enough to save ourselves.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“TIME FOR MORE ACTION”
January 17, 2003, Peace Demonstration In Houston, Texas — Photo by Joy

In some ways, I feel as if I may have been in a trance these past eight years, kind of a passive free feeling. It’s now time to stand. Social justice, like art, requires an effort. It’s time for those who have half a heart for poetry, half for life to stand for truth. Those who have continued learning and have been sharpening our weapons by night to clear their throats and stand, becoming the voices of truth. 

kenne

Existing In An Absurd World   1 comment

kennejoysheriff-2001-art-blogJoy and Kenne (Houston, Texas, June 2001)

There are times

I’m not a female,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t male

I’m not a black,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a white

I’m not immortal,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t mortal

I’m not a doubter,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a believer

I’m not a conservative,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a liberal

I’m not a saint,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t sinful

I’m not ignorant,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t learned

I’m not implicit
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t explicit

I’m not an Islamic,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a Christian

I’m not an animal,
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t a human

I’m not in
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t out

I’m not lonely
But there are times
I wish there was an opposite

I’m not you
But there are times
I wish I wasn’t me —

But there are times
You are the opposite
Of the opposite of you

kenne

Jimmy “T99” Nelson At Houston’s Rhythm Room   Leave a comment

T-99 Nelson (1 of 1) grunge art blog IIJimmy “T99” Nelson At Houston’s Rhythm Room On Washington Street (September 13, 2003) — Computer Art by kenne

Jimmy “T99” Nelson (April 7, 1919 – July 29, 2007) was an American jump blues and rhythm and blues shouter and songwriter. With a recording career that spanned over 50 years, Jimmy “T99” Nelson became a distinguished elder statesman of American music. His best known recordings are “T-99 Blues” and “Meet Me With Your Black Dress On”. Nelson notably worked with Duke Robillard and Otis Grand.
— Source: Wikipedia

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