". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Twenty Month Old Experiences Jazz & Heritage

The son of a dear friend, a well know writer about jazz:

Trombonist Glen David Andrews held me before taking the Congo Square stage. John Boutté sang me an a cappella version of Paul Simon's “American Tune,” and then I fell gently asleep. The rains came down hard, but there were plenty of toy trains in the kid's tent, so all good. I learned how to say, “Who Dat?”

1 comment:

K. said...

GDA put out a fantastic live gospel CD last year. Many clips from it on youtube. Boutte's rendition of "American Tune" is A Stew Called New Orleans, the album he and Paul Sanchez released last year.