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Monthly Archives: February 2012

molton_dc_sidewalk_photo by Axel Kustner

The Women of Blind Gospel : post

When we think of the tradition of itinerant blind black musicians, names like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Willie McTell or Blind Willie Johnson tend to come up quickly. Blind women in that tradition — harder to name. But there were... more.

February 23, 2012

Photo: Stefan Grossman Guitar Workshop

Two blind men who helped transform music : post

“It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  He did not articulate a single word.  He hummed it and sang it and played it with a bottle-neck that sounded like it was really a razor... more.

February 21, 2012

Why Heavenly Sight is important : post

As you probably know, we’re in the midst of trying to raise money to help promote the Heavenly Sight hour-long public radio documentary and also establish a visually-impaired-friendly website.  In the course of doing research for this blog... more.

February 17, 2012

The Church: melodies, memory and story : post

After their years of slavery African-Americans kept with them Christianity and the hymnals that sang the religion’s praises.  It was a powerful connection in a community deprived of education, where literacy was a rare achievement.  Where few people read,... more.

February 14, 2012

Heavenly Sight video : post

You can see what we are all about in this video. more.

February 8, 2012

Rage Against the Machine Sings Blind Willie McTell : post

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine covers Bob Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell,” for Chimes of Freedom, the Amnesty International USA benefit album that is a compilation of Dylan covers that was recently released. Bob Dylan himself recorded the song... more.

February 7, 2012