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My Uncle

  Yesterday, my uncle’s murderer plead guilty to that crime and will be sentenced to 17 years in prison. In October 2009, James Arauz stabbed Vincent Pravata more than 20 times in Vince’s own home. As Vince’s beloved dog, Gracie, barked and cried, Arauz dragged Vince’s body into the hallway of his house, out of …

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Goodbye to R&B Greats

Losing Johnny Otis and his protege, Etta James, in the same week is a major reminder that the giants of R&B and soul are leaving us. This was always my fave Etta number. Tears me up every time: Hopefully, singers like Adele will carry on the legacy:


They will be discussing Aretha Franklin’s seminal Amazing Grace LP today on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook. (Lots of info and clips there, check it out.) It reminded me of my old 2009 post about the same record, specifically her performance of the song, “Precious Memories,” here.

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