Gwen Thompkins http://wvasfm.org en A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made http://wvasfm.org/post/look-back-jazz-fest-where-ages-were-made Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for <em>everything</em>. The city's arms are just that wide.<p>Every performer is welcome. This year, singer Patti Smith held a crowd spellbound in the mud just as easily as Billy Joel lifted his audience off dry ground. Jazz stylist Diane Reeves sang a Fleetwood Mac song on the first weekend just as compellingly as Fleetwood Mac sang its own songs the following weekend. Wed, 08 May 2013 18:41:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 27545 at http://wvasfm.org A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made The Mix: New Orleans, Inside Out http://wvasfm.org/post/mix-new-orleans-inside-out Louisiana music has such a hold on music lovers around the world that nearly every popular artist borrows from it. Or replicates it. Or, some might say, steals from it.<p>There's plenty to go around. From classical to Cajun and blues to bounce, Louisiana has expanded the American songbook while teaching the rest of the planet to "shake dat thing." And we haven't even mentioned Louis Armstrong yet.<p>But here's the secret: Louisiana musicians have been borrowing and replicating and, okay, stealing from other musical traditions outside the state from the very beginning. That's how music works. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:35:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 11954 at http://wvasfm.org The Mix: New Orleans, Inside Out Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 http://wvasfm.org/post/beyond-music-st-louis-cemetery-no-2 There's so much water in, around and underneath New Orleans, that the dead spend eternity in tombs above ground.<p>Most of the tombs now have a similar design: On top, there's space for a wooden coffin or two, and at the bottom lies a potpourri of decanted family remains. Sooner or later, whoever is up high must vacate and settle lower, making room for the newly dead. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:13:00 +0000 Gwen Thompkins 10921 at http://wvasfm.org Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2