Purple, not flowers, mural

Mural by Brandan “Bmike” Odoms
Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA
photo by Janie Lynn Brown

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Fat Tuesday evening at the Shire

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February 25, 2020 · 8:25 pm

25 February 2020

The plan had been for this one to be the February 23 playlist with the last three songs marking the anniversary of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi.

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Joe Hill – Paul Robeson
Bring It on Home to Me – Sam Cooke
I Feel a Song – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Rocking Chair Blues – Ray Charles
It Hurts Me Too – Keb’ Mo’
Ring the Alarm – Beyonce
Ebony Eyes – Stevie Wonder
Rhythm Child – Carlos Jones and the Plus Band
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Nina Simone
Behind Enemy Lines – Dead Prez
Love Revolution – Lenny Kravitz
Three Miles Down – Gil Scott-Heron
Harriet Tumban/Steal Away – Kim & Reggie Harris
Freedom Road – The Blind Boys of Alabama
Complexion – Kendrick Lamar
Navajo Code Talkers – Jack Gladstone
Ira Hayes – Peter LaFarge

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21-22 February 2020

This one proved a bit of a challenge. It started with remembering the killing of Malcolm X on February 21; then Nina Simone songs were added to mark her birthday on February 21; and finally, songs that John Lewis liked and songs by the SNCC Freedom Singers were added to honor his birthday also on February 21. No doubt some important events were missed. As the list was being developed, a cold was also brewing, combining that with some laziness, it took two days to work through the playlist.

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
The Malcolm X Jazz Suite – Terence Blanchard
The Opening
Melody for Laura
Theme for Elijah
Blues for Malcolm
The Nation
Malcolm’s Theme
Betty’s Theme
Malcolm Makes Hajj
Malcolm at Peace
Perpetuity
Malcolm’s Theme
To Be Young, Gifted and Black – Nina Simone
Mr. Bojangles – Nina Simone
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Nina Simone
Revolution – Nina Simone
Backlash Blues – Nina Simone
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round – The SNCC Freedom Singers
Which Side Are You On? – The SNCC Freedom Singers
This Little Light – The SNCC Freedom Singers

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Purple not flowers, drink

20 February 2020
photo by Don Jang

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19 February 2020

Walking. Penn Station. Morningside Gardens.
Kenji – Fort Minor
Summer of ’42 – Kishi Bashi
Love’s Been Good to Me – Nina Simone
Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin
In New Orleans – Lead Belly
Part of My Life – India. Arie
How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf
Born to Fight – Tracy Chapman
The Roadie Song – Aaron Neville
Where Are the Keys to the Kingdom? – Sweet Honey in the Rock
God Is Love – Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life – James Brown
Oh Freedom – The Princely Players
Fix Me Jesus – Bobby McFerrin
Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho – Paul Robeson
Sing a Message to You – Earth, Winfd & Fire
Sandra’s Smile – Blood Orange
Might River – Mary J. Blige
Stand Up – Cynthia Erivo

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17 February 2020

Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Run, Run, Mourner Run – Sweet Honey in the Rock
Drift Away – Dobie Gray
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
Deep River – Paul Robeson
My Brother, My Brother – Aaron Neville
Mean Old Bedbug Blues – Bessie Smith
Airegin – Miles Davis
You’re the Man – Marvin Gaye
Breathin – 2Pac
Heaven – John Legend
Why? (The King of Love Is Dead) – Nina Simone
Whisper You Love Me – Diana Ross & The Supremes
Fight for Your Rights – Chili Most
I Am Not My Hair – India.Arie

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