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From November 30, 2006...
Legendary blues guitarist Luther Allison summed it up when he said "The blues is the foundation. The other part of the scene, the rock 'n' roll and the jazz, are the walls of the blues." Hoping to build a strong foundation - the Alabama Blues Project is putting harmonicas in the hands of youngsters throughout the region. Lissa LeGrand reports.
Has this ever happened to you? You're fighting holiday traffic -- around the Galleria, perhaps. People rushing to snap up the latest markdowns or find the perfect stocking stuffer are not exactly on their best behavior? Have you thrown your arms up in frustration wondering what the heck we're all doing to the spirit of the holiday season? A cautionary tale from commentator and former Birminghamer Cheryl-Anne Millsap now shares holidays with friends and family in Spokane, Washington - where she's a newspaper columnist.
Some people find that - in the midst of all the holiday chaos - meditation helps. Even if you're not a person who meditates, there are still any number of situations in our everyday lives that require...or create...an almost Zen-like level of focus and awareness. Reporter Dale Short calls it "Ordinary Zen." This installment in his occasional series looks at the struggle for a commodity that's in especially short supply around the holidays. Namely, some peace and quiet...inside your own head.
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They've been called the Ramones-meet-the-Beach-Boys with a twist. Birmingham band Backseat Virgins features the harmonizing vocals of two lead singers with appropriately "rock-star" names: Rapid Randy and Neeta. They stopped by our studio this week to talk about their new CD "Born Again". This is the tune 'Lose that Dude", followed by "All Day Long". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Backseat Virgins are currently shopping for a label to distribute their new CD "Born Again".
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko keeps the calendars tidy, while Cheryl-Anne Millsap and Dale Short provide commentary. Our story on the Blues Camp was produced by a stellar musician in her own right - Lissa LeGrand. Next week, hear how conductor Martin Pearlman manages to keep Handel's Messiah fresh for every performance. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.