Commentaries

WKMS welcomes community members to self-voice self-authored compositions that express opinion, introspection or humor on topics of interest and importance to our audience. If you have an opinion, interest or review you'd like to share with WKMS listeners, please see the guidelines below. The views expressed in commentaries are the opinion of the commentator and don't necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

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12:22 am
Sun October 5, 2008

A Review of "Double Negative" by David Carkeet

Murray, KY – I don't usually read academic mysteries; my actual experience as a college teacher provided me with more laughs and puzzles than the books could. But David Carkeet's Double Negative, about a bunch of linguists studying the development of language in small children, is different. For one thing, these people are not in a college setting; they work in a day-care center that is also an observing laboratory called the Wabash Institute.

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12:21 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Reflections on the 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute Controversy

Murray, KY – After having won gold and bronze medals in the 200 meter race, U.S. Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a bold and defiant gesture. As they stood on the platform to receive their medals to the strains of The Star Spangled Banner, both men wearing black gloves raised their fists in angry boldness. They had offered the Black Power salute. As a result, both athletes were suspended from the games and forced to leave the Olympic village.

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12:19 am
Sun October 5, 2008

An Evening with Wayne Shorter

Murray, KY – It was at the 2002 Chicago Jazz Festival where I was face to face with greatness. The bill for that night included Von Freeman, Carla Cook and Jimmy Heath. But the artist that most of us lined up to see was the great sax man Wayne Shorter.

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12:17 am
Sun October 5, 2008

On Dexter Gordon's 'Round Midnight and the Jazz Revival of the 1980s.

Murray, KY – In 1986, French director Bertrand Tavernier put together an ensemble of great musicians and actors to produce one of the most influential movies of the decade, "'Round Midnight." The title of this movie came from Thelonius Monk and Cootie Williams classic composition of the same name.

The opening theme is beautifully sung by the innovative vocalist Bobby McFarrin. It is a story of longing, loss, conflict with inner demons, and the last hurrah of a fictional musician, Dale Turner.

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12:16 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Patricia Barber: The Art of Jazz Eloquence

Murray, KY – I was at my neighborhood Borders snooping around the second floor music section when I heard a soothing and erudite voice come over the store's stereo system. From the start, I recognized the tune, Invitation, as I have heard it performed several times by jazz artists in the past. But this rendition was different. It was articulated with longing, passion, and a sense of joy. This was my first introduction to jazz vocalist and pianist Patricia Barber.

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12:14 am
Sun October 5, 2008

The Uses of History

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12:13 am
Sun October 5, 2008

On Book and the Housing of Them

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12:12 am
Sun October 5, 2008

The Past is a Foreign Country

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12:11 am
Sun October 5, 2008

Watching the Road Rush By

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12:09 am
Sun October 5, 2008

"A Long Way from St. Lucy"

Murray, KY – Nine years old. First day of fourth grade. I have barely mastered Double Dutch and long division. Our classroom is on the third floor of St. Francis School, not the first level like last year. After grade three, the girls have classes separate from the boys because males are deemed near occasions of sin, whatever that means.

Grade 4 - Girls is the room right across from the principal's office. On the first day of school it is she, Sister Philippa, who greets us.

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